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Monday, May 5, 2014

Men Whose Eyes Have Seen the King # 15

3. The Cross

The third thing is the Cross.

"From that time began Jesus to shew unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem" (Matthew 16:21). "The Son of Man shall be delivered up into the hands of men" (Luke 9:44).

His wonderful Cross! I like that thought, that idea, that a certain writer has expressed when he has spoken of Christ "reigning and ruling by His Cross." There is no doubt that that is right. What looked, humanly, so much to the contrary - defeat and failure, loss and despair, weakness and helplessness - has proved in history to be the most potent force in the universe - the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Saul, before his conversion, looked upon the Cross as the very symbol of ignominy, of shame; something despicable, to be hated. Afterward he said: "God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Galatians 6:14). From the shame to the glory. The Transfiguration  transfigures the Cross. In other words, a vision of the glorified Lord will transfigure our sufferings, will altogether transform our afflictions. We see what that Cross meant really in the mind of God.

4. The Coming of the Lord

The fourth thing is the coming of the Lord.

"The Son of Man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then shall He render unto every man according to his deeds" (Matthew 16:27).

The point is this, that the Transfiguration was the crown and confirmation, the complement of all those four things. It was the crown of the Person: Peter had said, "Thou art the Christ!" Well, the mount of Transfiguration gave good evidence to that fact as he saw Him transfigured. The Lord had said to him: "I will build My Church." The mount of Transfiguration gave good hope for that Church, if He, that One, was going to build it. If the Lord was speaking about the Cross, the mount of Transfiguration will give an altogether new and different interpretation to the Cross. If He has spoken of His Coming Again in the Glory of the Father, the mount of Transfiguration explains that, demonstrates that.

Yes: to see the Lord in that way, glorified, is the confirmation of our whole faith; the establishment of our whole position; and the assurance of our final triumph with Him. The Lord give us a new vision of Himself - His power, His majesty and His presence.

~T. Austin-Sparks~

(continued with  16 - "Our Anchorage - The Love of God In Christ Jesus")

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